Best mortgage deals for first-time buyers

Published by Stephen Little on 29 July 2015.
Last updated on 21 May 2019

Buying your first property can be a daunting task. The sheer variety of mortgage products means it can be hard to compare your options to find the best offers. 

Each week, we review the market to find the best variable and fixed rate deals currently available for high loan to value (LTV) borrowers - these are our Moneywise Best Buys.

Remember that once any fixed rate period ends the mortgage will revert to a standard variable rate (SVR), so make a note in your diary and switch to a cheaper deal when that happens.

Our example first-time buyer has a 10% deposit and is looking to buy a £200,000 property over 25 years. For ease of comparison, we’re assuming any bank or building society fees are paid up front. Otherwise interest will be charged on the fees, which will add hundreds of pounds to the overall cost of your loan.

Best fixed rate mortgage deals


Sainsbury's Bank, up to 90% LTV, 2.24%
Fixed to 30 June 2021, then reverts to SVR (currently 4.49%)
This mortgage from Sainsbury's Bank comes with £784 in monthly repayments and £500 cashback. The annual cost is £9,160.

Bank of Ireland, up to 90% LTV, 2.20%
Fixed until 31 May 2021, then reverts to SVR (currently 4.74%)
This mortgage from Bank of Ireland costs £781 in monthly repayments. It comes with £400 cashback and no scheme fees for an annual cost of £9,167.


Coventry Building Society, up to 90% LTV, 2.29%
Fixed until 30 April 2024, then reverts to SVR (currently 4.74%)
This mortgage costs £789 a month - £9,563 per year over the fixed period - and comes with £500 in scheme fees. However, there is an arrangement fee charge of £999.


Coventry Building Society, up to 90% LTV, 3.05%
Fixed until 30 June 2029, then reverts to SVR (currently 4.74%)
This deal from Coventry Building Society offers a 3.05% rate, fixed for 10 years. This mortgage costs £858 a month - £10,399 per year over the fixed period - with fees of £999.

Best mortgage for larger deposits

There are good deals for those with bigger deposits. This example first-time buyer has a 25% deposit and is looking to buy a £200,000 property over 25 years.


Post Office, up to 75% LTV, 1.98%
Fixed until 30 June 2021, then reverts to SVR (currently 4.74%)
There are no fees with this loan and £500 cashback. Monthly repayments are £634 so the effective annual cost is £7,362.


Post Office Money, up to 75% LTV, 2.07%
Fixed until 30 June 2024, then reverts to SVR (currently 4.74%)
This loan has no scheme fees with a monthly cost of £641. This is equivalent to £7,691 per year.


First Direct, up to 75% LTV, 2.39%
Fixed for 10 years , then reverts to SVR (currently 4.19%)
This deal from First Direct offers a 2.39% rate, fixed for 10 years. This mortgage costs £665 a month - £7,979 per year over the fixed period - and comes with scheme fees of £35.

Variable rate mortgages

Leeds Building Society, up to 75% LTV, 1.54%
Initial rate of 1.54% for two years, then reverts to SVR (currently 5.69%)
For buyers who are willing to risk a further rate rise (or gamble on a rate cut), Leeds Building Society offers 1.54% for two years. The monthly cost is £603 putting the annual cost is £7,233.

Interest-only mortgage deals

If you’re looking for interest-only options, remember the rules are now a lot stricter and you’ll need to show a well-thought out plan for repaying the capital at the end of the mortgage. Monthly repayments are much lower than with capital repayment, but you'll pay more interest on an interest-only mortgage in the long run. 

Not every provider will lend on an interest-only basis, so if you’re looking for one it’s best to speak to a mortgage broker. Our mortgage tool can help you get a feel for the rates on offer.

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